Public Health Emergency Preparedness

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health has overall responsibility for protecting the public's health in an emergency. In order to protect your health, we have developed comprehensive emergency response plans in coordination with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private health care providers and the American Red Cross.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness works to:

  • prepare and plan for public health emergencies with community partners and agencies with whom we respond
  • coordinate with epidemiology regarding surveillance of disease within the county to ensure early detection of outbreaks
  • plan for social distancing measures such as isolation, quarantine, and the closing of venues to decrease the spread of disease
  • plan for dissemination of health information during public health emergencies to ensure residents and visitors have the most accurate and updated information
  • plan for mass countermeasure dispensing/vaccination to residents and visitors in the event of an emergency where medications/vaccines are available
  • exercise with community partners and agencies to ensure a timely and well-coordinated response





Related Services

Report a Public Health Emergency
Disaster Healthcare Coalition
Emergency Planning-Access and Functional Needs
Potassium Iodide (KI) Pre-Distribution
Office of Emergency Services

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for an emergency?
How and where do I pickup up Potassium Iodine (KI) tablets?
Where can I get information on current public health emergencies?
  • Call the pre-recorded Public Information Line at 1-805-788-2903 
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How to I report a public health emergency?

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, have been exposed to a biological, chemical or radiological agent, or if you believe an intentional threat to public health is occurring or will occur:

  • Call 9-1-1

If you are a first responder or healthcare entity representative and need to talk to a public health representative regarding an emergency situation:

  • During regular business hours call 1-805-781-5500
  • After hours, weekends, holidays call 1-805-781-4553
What other contact information may I need?
  • For General Public Health Inquires: 1-805-781-5500
  • For Emergency Preparedness Inquires:
    • Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program 
      • Phone: 1-805-781-1077
      • Fax: 1-805-788-2715
      • Email: [email protected]
      • Mail:
        • San Luis Obispo Public Health Department/Emergency Preparedness
        • 2180 Johnson Ave., 2nd Floor San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • Environmental Health Services: 1-805-781-5544
  • Mental Health Department: 1-805-781-4700
  • Automated touchtone telephone directory: 1-805-781-5000
How can I volunteer during an emergency?

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